Anderson Silva is now a citizen of the United States.
The former UFC middleweight champion was one of thousands who participated in a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Silva’s son Kalyl and daughter Kaory also became U.S. citizens in the ceremony. Silva’s wife, Dayane, and their children Joao, Gabriel and Kauana are still going through the naturalization process.
Silva told AP this is “a great moment” for the family. The 44-year-old veteran, who lives in Los Angeles for a decade, said “everything USA (gave) for us, it’s time to give back, you know.”
“I have my family in Brazil,” Silva said. “I have my mom and my brothers in Brazil. But I think this is my country now.”
Silva’s son, Gabriel, recently made his debut in amateur muay thai with a second-round TKO victory. He plans on making his professional MMA debut in 2021.